Pancakes in the Mountains

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Pancakes in the mountains

We eat a lot of dehydrated food while camping- especially when we hike in all our gear! Yes, it would be nice to have burgers and hotdogs but that would require towing a huge cooler about 5 miles. I wanted to make a real breakfast so I bought Bisquick pancake batter that required only water. I cooked it in a sauce pan which was a little difficult at first Continue reading

Camping in the Narrows

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camping in the narrows

Last weekend, we hiked out about 5 1/2 miles in the Angeles National Forest along the East Fork river to what is called “The Narrows”. This spot is absolutely serene! With the large rock formations on both sides of you, calm river, and big horn sheep spotting’s, you’ll be sure to have a great and peaceful time! Here are just a few of my favorite pictures I snapped: Continue reading

Lifestraw Water Filter

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lifestraw personal water filter

For every Lifestraw sold, a child in Africa receives clean water for an entire school year

We’ve been on a quest to find great, easy water filters! While browsing around at REI, Lifestraw caught my eye. Lifestraw is a personal water filter that allows you to drink directly from a water source or bottle. This was originally designed as an emergency relief tool to provide access to clean and safe water to people affected by natural disasters such as the Haitian Continue reading

Scenic Nature Pics…

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Scenic Nature Pics...

If you can’t tell, I LOVE nature pics:) Here are some scenic nature pics from our past weekend in the “Narrows” deep in the heart of Angeles National Forest! Continue reading

6 Tips for Night Hiking

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Tips for night hiking

The first time I went night hiking I’ll be honest with you- I was scared! I didn’t want bugs to get me, a bear to see me as a meal, or encounter a crazy woodsman! I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect! But, like everything else I do, I feel in love and now, a third of when we hike is at night! (Check out my first night hiking experience- The Night Hiker ). But I could have used some tips when I first started so here are some tips for hiking at night:

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Take a Load Off- 5 Items I Ditched From My Bag

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take a load off- 5 items i ditched from my pack

With all the gear we take outdoors, there are a few items we could afford to lose. Here are 5 items I ditched and why I moved on…

  1. Lantern- I love my lantern! I’ve played hundreds of card games under it and carried it with me for miles on night hikes BUT I discovered something- the head lamp! I know, right?! It took that long for me to cave in but I love my head lamp! It is light weight and small, fitting perfectly into my front pocket of my backpack for easy, quick access. Continue reading

A Frequent Backpacker’s Guide to Sleeping on the Trail

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frequent backpackers guide to sleeping on the trail

Has sleeping on the trail always been a challenge for you? Check out the post I wrote for Active.com with 8 tips to sleeping on the trail!

Nature Shots…

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Nature shots angeles national forest

Last weekend, we hiked out to our favorite camping spot in Angeles National Forest to Heaton Flats for some much need relaxation! Take a look! :) Continue reading

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